Chandigarh: Haryana's flamboyant health minister Anil Vij on Friday was involved in a heated exchange of words with a woman district police chief and stormed out of a meeting after the cop refused to follow his order to leave.
During a meeting of the District Grievances and Public Relations Committee, the minister questioned Superintendent of Police (Fatehabad District) Sangeeta Kalia over steps taken by the police to check the multiple illegal sale points of liquor which had come up in villages in the district.
When the officer replied that as many as 2,500 cases had been registered under the Excise Act in the last 10 months, which was a "record", the minister wasn't satisfied and said the police wasn't doing enough.
The minister then went a step further and accused the police to be hand in glove with the liquor mafia. Ms Kalia, incensed, replied that it was the government which issues license for the sale of alcohol.
Now enraged, the minister asked Ms Kalia to leave the meeting room, but the officer refused to do so. Immediately, the minister himself walked out of the meeting. All BJP workers and committee members followed suit.
"I cannot continue to chair district grievance committee in the presence of the officer, I will take up the matter with chief minister and the DGP," Mr Vij told NDTV.
The officer, refusing to comment on the incident, said everything happened before media and that she would not like to add anything further.
The minister had raised the issue after receiving several complaints about rampant illicit liquor trade in Fatehabad district.